HELL'S HIGHWAY, story by Samuel Ornits, Robert Tasker and Rowland Brown; directed by Rowland Brown; an RKO Radio Production. At the RKO Mayfair. Frank Ellis . . . . . Richard Dix Johnny Ellis . . . . . Tom Brown Mary Ellen . . . . . Rochelle Hudson Blacksnake Skinner . . . . . C. Henry Gordon Pop-Eye Jackson . . . . . Warner Richmond Blind Maxie . . . . . Sandy Roth Matthew the Hermit . . . . . Charles Middleton Rascal . . . . . Clarence Muse Whiteside . . . . . Stanley Fields Romeo Schultz . . . . . Jed Kiley Society Red . . . . . Fuzzy Knight Hype . . . . . Bert Starkey Spike . . . . . Bob Perry Buzzard . . . . . Harry Smith Turkey Neck . . . . . Edward Hart Billings . . . . . Oscar Apfel
December 31, 2018 Subject:
PEOPLE NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE NOT BLACKS NOT EVEN 10 MINUTES INTO THE MOVIE CALL BLACKS BABOONS SHAMEFUL
March 4, 2015 Subject:
Worth the watch
Excellent acting, good sets. The story races on at a quick pace, but it's worth watching if for no other reason than the depiction of life on a chain gang. The Duke and Johnny relationship is well done and likely the gist of the film. Watch it.
November 24, 2014 Subject:
I love these old movies,and this one is outstanding.Cliched or not it ranks up there with any "prison" movie. Also notable is the depiction of racial attitudes from that era (see the blackboard early on). "Duke" is clearly the star here as you really end up hoping he'll do alright. Anyway.... great little move (62 min. long)well worth the hour of your time to watch.
November 24, 2014 Subject:
Richard Dix Good In Chain Gang Role
A very good movie for the time it was made. It is not as emotionally gripping as Paul Muni in "I Was A Fugitive From A Chain Gang," but it has its place in showing the cruelty of a chain gang. Tom Brown and Richard Dix do well in their roles as does the rest of the cast.
November 3, 2010 Subject:
Tough Raw Film.
David O. Selznick film from RKO. Richard Dix is in top form as a tough con on a chain gang. The things depicted in the film were all too common place at the time the film was made, and shows them for all their ugliness. No hearts and flowers here. A very young Tom Brown was beginning to show his acting chops in this film too. Was it an "expose'" much like "They Made Me A Fugitive"? I'm not sure. The film moves along quite well with some very adult dialogue and and action and never feels sorry for itself. Charles Middleton, usually a stone-cold villian, has the best supporting roll and the last line of the piece which is also quite funny. Well made Dix film and well worth seeing. Enjoy.
March 9, 2010 Subject:
An amazing movie
When one says the phrase: They don't make films like that today, one probably has this one in mind.
No annoyingly dramatic music, instead pure classic acting and amazingly well shot pictures.
If you bored by standard mainstream-dramas you should take one hour off and watch this wonderful movie. It even has a cool last line.